The Don Bradmans

The Don Bradmans, originally uploaded by fred pipes.

Finally got to see The Don Bradmans at the Cowley Club on Saturday night. Arrived at the mosh pit just as they launched into 'Hunting Tigers out in 'INDIAH''. They also did other Bonzos songs, including 'Mr Slater's Parrot' and 'By a waterfall', as well as their infamous MySpace ditty 'Bill Oddie's Body' and a song for Nick, called 'I'm Nick'. Nick bought me one too many pints of Straw Dogs so I was a bit drunk. Thoroughly enjoyed it tho, despite being lashed by flailing dreadlocks. This was after watching Joe Boyd and Robert Wyatt chew the fat about the 1960s at the Corn Exchange with the delectable Miranda Sawyer (who is a Turner Prize judge next year). Joe read from his book White Bicycles and told some amusing anecdotes about Jimi Hendrix jamming with Miles Davis. Robert Wyatt couldn't seem to remember much about the 60s, which is ok, cos as they say if you can remember it, you weren't there!

1 comment:

Nick said...

A fine photo, Fred. It was great to finally visit the Cowley Club last Saturday. The Don Bradmans were indeed very entertaining. A pity I had to leave before the end to catch a train back to London

With a longish discussion on drummers during the Joe Boyd/Robert Wyatt Q&A session, perhaps it’s not surprising that they couldn’t encourage any women to ask questions during the Corn Exchange talk on Saturday.

As Robert Wyatt pointed out on more than one occasion during the talk, the Boyd book is a superb read (I’ve nearly finished it). It does more than just name check a list of ‘60s pop musicians. It’s also a fine political and social history of the period.

There was a gasp from the audience, after Joe Boyd’s anecdote concerning Jimi Hendrix manager Mike Jeffreys and his fear of flying. A spooky tale.

PS I see that Robert Wyatt was playing the cornet during David Gilmour’s Albert Hall gig on Monday night. David Bowie was also there…